Brent Spence Bridge Corridor December 28, 2023 eNewsletter
Please enjoy this version of our year-end recap edition. We corrected a couple of link errors below. Happy holidays!
What a year this has been for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project! Starting with President Joe Biden’s visit in January to present the much-anticipated $1.635 billion grant that gave the project the green light, 2023 was the year that this transformative project truly became a reality. 
To capture the highlights of this future-changing year, the project team produced a video recap that highlights milestones along the path to construction. You’ll see footage and images from President Biden’s visit, the neighborhood tour with Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, the announcement of Walsh-Kokosing as the project’s Design-Build Team, public open houses in Kentucky and Ohio, nearby work in Kentucky like the pilot noise wall project and Kenton County parking garage, and more as we walk you through all that’s been done in 2023.

We invite you to celebrate with us as we look to even more progress in 2024. You can find the year-end recap video here or by clicking the image above.
Each month, we’re introducing you to the professionals who are working to bring the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project to life. In December, we want you to meet Nikki Boden and Joe Smithson, design leads for KYTC and ODOT. Just click on the photos to see short videos and find out more about each of them. You can also visit the website to read profiles on each of the eight people who lead the bistate management team.
Northern Kentucky native Nikki Boden is KYTC’s design lead for the BSBC. With nearly 20 years in engineering under her belt, Boden says she’s excited for the once-in-a-career challenge of helping build one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. 

“I love the collaborative environment,” she explains. “Every member of the design-build team brings individual expertise to the table, so we can work together toward the best possible outcome. I’ve always had a love of learning, and this project brings the opportunity to learn from the very best in our field.” 
A multi-decade career in highway engineering prepared Blanchester, Ohio, native Joe Smithson for his role as ODOT’s design lead on the $3.6 billion project. After nearly eight years as a geotechnical engineer with a Cincinnati consulting firm, Smithson joined the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in 2005 as the district geotechnical engineer in the District 8 office in Lebanon. In 2017, he was named district design engineer and became a member of the Bistate Management Team for the BSBC Project in early 2023.

“No two highways are alike,” Smithson says. “Even the simplest of projects requires outside-the-box thinking.”
The Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project team welcomes comments and feedback from the public. To submit a question or comment, visit the project website and click on the “Contact Us” button in the upper right-hand corner. You can also contact the Design-Build team directly about job opportunities at [email protected], or visit their website.
Responses to all public comments can be viewed on the Public Involvement and Comments section of the website. This section features project exhibits, summaries of outreach activities, and responses to comments submitted to the project team.

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